According to C.G. #Jung, patients who come to us for healing often have…
”a story that is not told, and which as a rule no one knows of. To my mind, therapy only really begins after the investigation of that wholly personal story. It is the patient's secret, the rock against which he is shattered. If I know his secret story, I have a key to the treatment…but how to gain that knowledge? In most cases exploration of the #conscious material is insufficient. Sometimes [projective techniques] can open the way, so can the interpretation of dreams, or long and patient human contact with the individual.”
—C.G. Jung, 1963:117
The "shattering" untold story that Jung references is the inner reason why trauma survivors must lead a double life—with one apparently normal story "on the surface" but inwardly haunted by another unformulated "implicit" story composed of the dreaded memories of abuse, neglect or betrayal that remain a shameful secret, sometimes even from themselves. Such individuals do not have emotionally coherent narratives of their lives. They do not "make sense" to themselves because their stories have gaps and spaces created by defenses that keep them separated from their full emotional experience and hence, alienated from themselves.
Recent studies of attachment patterns have shown that people who cannot make sense out of their own lives because of trauma-induced dissociation, also cannot relate securely with others and suffer repeated relational #trauma. These studies also show that narrative competence is something that can be developed and that the capacity to tell one's own untold story is something that can be facilitated and encouraged in a variety of new relational, affect-focused forms of psychotherapy as well as through various reflective exercises and practices such as the Adult Attachment Interview. As narrative competence develops, so does the capacity for (earned) secure attachment.
In this workshop, we will explore ways of completing the untold story, and will do so through the shared experience of stories themselves, i.e., contemporary film. Not only do contemporary films give a vivid and often moving portrait of the shattering of trauma, but they also point the way towards healing and set the stage for enhanced clinical understanding. They are themselves part of the solution to the problem of trauma in our time and culture, aiding in the creation of meaningful stories out of disjointed narrations. The workshop setting will allow for deep exploration of selected #films in both lecture and small group settings.
9 CEU's are available. For more information and to register visit: http://www.pacifica.edu/current-public/item/exploring-developmental-trauma-through-the-lens-of-contemporary-film